Singer, songwriter, guitarist and Southern legend T-Model Ford plays a raw-edged, visceral style of blues from the Mississippi Delta. He began playing guitar late in life and did not tour much outside the Deep South until the 1990s. In recent years he's been well-received at South by Southwest, the Chicago Blues Festival, numerous other festivals, and on tour with Buddy Guy. T-Model, should resonate with fans of blues artists such as Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins as well as with fans of later blues and blues-inspired acts like the Black Keys, Jon Spencer and Bob Log III.
"What goes around comes around in the blues world. Although T-Model Ford is from Mississippi, not all of his influences are Mississippi Delta influences - his dusky, moody electric blues also owe something to Chicago (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf), Detroit (John Lee Hooker), and Texas (Lightnin' Hopkins)... (T-Model) is easily recommended to anyone who likes his/her electric blues rugged, unpolished, and totally sincere." 4 stars - All Music Guide
Taken By Trees
RIYL: Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Shout Out Louds, Peter Bjorn & John and The Concretes
Taken By Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman, former lead singer of The Concretes. Bergsman was also featured on the Peter, Bjorn & John's single of "Young Folks."
"Some people loved Peter Bjorn and John's 'Young Folks' for the incredible bongos. Some loved it for the really annoying whistle hook. But it's safe to say most people loved it for Victoria Bergsman's voice." - Rolling Stone
"Bergsman's debut under the solo moniker Taken By Trees is her most consistently winning full-length since the Concretes peaked... the album exists in its own ecstatically melancholy pre-dawn realm... Think (Nick Drake's) Pink Moon on a 'Be My Baby' scale." 7.7/10 - Pitchfork
Tales of the RANDYWEEN: A Monster Masquerade! Hosted by the Randy Dandies
The Randy Dandies present a Night of Fright for Your Delight at Plush on October 20 with their show "Tales of the RANDYWEEN: A Monster Masquerade!". "Beware the RANDYWEEN!" read the sign outside of Professor Improbable's haunted mansion but the Dandy Kids must know the truth of the salacious secrets trapped inside...Thrills & Chills!!! Terrifying Monsters!!! Beautiful Women!!! Come see what those pesky Dandies find on their frightening adventure on Oct. 20 at Plush. Guests are encourages to join the fun by dressing in their most ghoulish apparel to win special prizes from the Randy Dandies and Toysofouryouth.com!
The Randy Dandies are a motley crew of actors, singers, dancers, comedians, and circus folk working together to create interactive, dynamic shows for the St. Louis Community spearheaded by Mimi Le Yu, The RFT’s Best Burlesque Act of 2011. This wildly successful team of misfits has developed a unique style of performance influenced by their favorite pop culture gems such as The Muppets, The Carol Burnette Show, and Saturday Night Live. Throw in a dash of musical theater & a heaping ton of energy, and audience members will experience a show unlike any other in the St. Louis Area. The Randy Dandies made their debut in April 2010 and have been chewing the scenery ever since. The Dandies have performed to sold-out venues all over the St. Louis area including the Fountain on Locust, The Gaslight Theatre, The Fox Hole, Off Broadway, and the Firebird. Please visit www.therandydandies.com and ask…Are You Feeling Randy?
Talkdemonic: an amazing instrumental/post-rock duo that will resonate with fans of M83, Rachels, Mogwai, the Notwist and the Dirty Three. Amazing, amazing stuff indeed.
"Talkdemonic makes cinematic instrumentals that sound both modern and organic, combining sampled beats and synths with live strings. It's hard to believe, but these elegant songs are made by just two musicians..." - CMJ
"Talkdemonic doesn't speak in tongues; in fact the instrumental duo doesn't speak at all. And yet these wistful vignettes of viola + Powerbook + percussion speak volumes. It's like the collected folklore of when the Dirty Three, the Notwist and M83 huddled under an umbrella, linking samplers." - Urb
"Talkdemonic's instrumental post-rock, which lays a bevy of acoustic elements over a foundation of pulsing programmed beats and modulating, soft-focus synthesizers. The duo acquiesces to this tension, cheekily dubbing their music 'folktronic hop,' a hybrid genre that seems to have its roots in records like Bjork's Homogenic... dense sonic architectures, adding layer upon layer of melody and counter-melody as they grow." 7.8/10 - Pitchfork
"Beat Romantic an instrumental masterpiece by ...drum and viola duo Talkdemonic. Making ample use of samples to weave between their beats and strings, the group members create a laid-back, neo-psychedelic sound akin to Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor." - Devil In The Woods
"Post-rock with strings usually brings to mind a large, hirsute collective given to brooding drama and instrumental bombast. But Talkdemonic brings an intimate chamber-music feel to the sound. The duo combines guitar, banjo and viola atop a bed of subtle electronic and acoustic beats... Beat Romantic is an album of carefully arranged pop songs that happen to have a viola singing lead." - Paste
It's been said that, "Tammy West's lyrics have a way of dragging you through the mud, laying you out to dry and leaving you feeling grateful." Her stories of pain and redemption, sung with gut-wrenching honesty, are complemented by the soulful harmonica and backing vocals of Rebecca Horton and Martha Burns' drive and attitude on bass.
The Tarbox Ramblers are a very cool act, treding at the nexus of Gothic Americana acts like 16 Horsepower, Tom Waits and Nick Cave and Mississippi Blues ala R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbourgh.
"Four years ago, when the Tarbox Ramblers introduced their train wreck of swamp blues, hillbilly, gospel, and woolly folk, the North Mississippi Allstars, Black Keys, Fiery Furnaces, or that Detroit band with the funny clothes, weren't even blips on the screen. Now they're the competition. It's OK, it's a big world, and with A Fix Back East, the Tarbox Ramblers go down into the deep reaches of their frontman's collective American Gothic psyche...this is the banshee's howl after all the liquor is gone; it's the drunken, lascivious, preacher's moan when he's still in the whorehouse at seven a.m. on Sunday morning; a dying bluesman's final snarl at a world that's left him empty and broke, and a brokenhearted cowboy's last lament - all rolled into one." 4 1/2 stars - All Music Guide
"In-yer-face, roots-influenced second album with one foot in the delta blues and the other in a kind of Nick Cave/Tom Waits swamp country." 4 stars - Mojo
"(at the) crossroads of R.L. Burnside and the late Junior Kimbrough...the Ramblers' second album jumps with old-timey authenticity. Michael Tarbox's sour-mash-soaked voice and grunting guitar burn like canned heat." - Rolling Stone
"Homade rock'n'roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling." - NPR's All Things Considered
Tauk delivers a blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. Since forming earlier this decade, the Long Island-based quintet have built an impressive DIY buzz, scoring opening gigs for O.A.R, earning slots at top festivals like Gathering of the Vibes (alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir and Ratdog) and being featured on Fuse TV. On their debut, Brokedown King, Tauk have crafted eleven gems that dip into everything from soaring rock anthems to knotty, jazz-funk odysseys to gorgeous, breezy ballads. But don't peg Tauk as a jam band: these five gifted musicians have a talent for mixing in atmospheric, boundary-pushing experimentation not all unlike their influences Radiohead, Wilco and Phish.
Tea Leaf Green maintains a steady and arduous tour schedule, playing clubs and numerous other venues across the country. Between these shows and festival appearances they have also opened for huge acts like Gov't Mule, Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Hornsby.
Operating on the periphery of the mainstream music industry, TLG continues to rely on grassroots expansion of its music through the diligence of its fanbase, community forums, and web-based music avenues such as jambase.com.
"Following the 2005 release of their critically acclaimed album, Taught to be Proud, Tea Leaf Green toured North America becoming one of the most exciting and fastest growing rock bands today. Busting out of a revitalized San Francisco music scene, the group has honed their strength as both songwriters and improvisers to catapult to the next level, keeping audiences screaming for more... Honoring a long lineage of rock bands that have come before them, Tea Leaf Green pays tribute to the past while carving a distinct name for themselves today. It's refreshing to have something to look forward to." - JamBase
Tee Up For Tots is dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research and support services for pediatric cancer patients and their families. This is a great way to support a great cause. Please visit www.teeupfortots.org for further information.
A great night of entertainment for a great cause. Mostly Bears at 11:30, Outshined at 10:30 and ...Music Video? at 9:30.
Mostly Bears are one of Tucson's most promising new bands. They will resonate with people who are fans of Mars Volta, Wolfmother and Queen!
"Mostly Bears is an eclectic and energetic rock group that can conjure the progressiveness of the Mars Volta and counts influences from screamo to Radiohead to Animal Collective." - Arizona Daily Star
Outshined featurs members of American Android, Musica Obscura and Doubletop, amoung outhers. They are bringing the Seattle Sound circa the early '90s back to Tucson.
...Music Video? - lush, indie-electronic sound has been compared to The Postal Serice, Radiohead, M83, DJ Shadow and the Flaming Lips... good stuff!
Telegraph Canyon expertly blends the rustic, organic tones of harmonica, viola, organ and acoustic guitar with the technological muscle and intricately processed electronics. They navigate the pre-apocalyptic universe by the light of bright acoustic riffs and to the march of thunderous beats, everything guided by the spirit of frontman Chris Johnson's ominous, the end-is-near lyrics.
To prove that good power pop never goes out of style, indie powerhouse Merge Records has signed Seattle's sunshiny Telekinesis. We expect to hear more soon from this act which is generating a buzz among industry insiders.
"Sharing a spot on the loaded Anticon roster, Telephone Jim Jesus sound a lot like some of his contemporaries. This is not a bad thing. He makes dense, experimental hip-hop, brimming with crunchy drums and synthesized atmospherics... At times straightorward and at others, avant-garde." B+ - Whitman
"Telephone Jim Jesus - the secret weapon - the late bloomer - the ever-so-welcome surprise. A Point Too Far To Astronaut is a pleasure to listen to." 4/5 - Tiny Mix Tapes
"Telephone Jim Jesus has made quite a name for himself in the avant-garde hip-hop realm." - XLR8R
"While some blame Anticon for ruining the phrase 'avant-garde,' Telephone Jim Jesus can balance things out by face-lifting another flashy French-borne term: arriviste. It means 'A person who has recently attained success but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.' As far as the lexicon of independent music goes, that translates directly into 'Next Big Thing.'" - Coke Machine Glow
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